We provide extensive arts programming and education throughout the year.  From classes to gallery exhibits to special events, our goal is to supports arts and learning in our community.  To see a complete listing of our many programming events, please click the “PROGRAMS” tab above or this link.

UPDATE: (Friday, March 19, 2021)

Both The Kemp and The Forum are open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

The grounds at The Kemp are open during all open business hours.

We are currently open to 100% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements. Mask are required in any location where it is impossible to maintain 6 foot social distancing.

For classes and camps, we strongly encourage the continued use of masks while in the classroom. Social distancing will be maintained for the safety of our students, our teachers and staff, and their families.

Please monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

CLASSES and CAMPS are open for limited registration.

Scroll with arrows or swipe for a complete list, or click on the Education menu tab above!

Check back soon for new classes and SUMMER CAMPS!

OUR CURRENT EXHIBITS ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Check out our videos for a look at what we’ve been doing.

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.


For information on our staff, board of trustees, member organizations and more, click on the “About” tab in the menu at the top of the page!

At the Arts Council WF we firmly and passionately believe the arts are vital to the well-being of all people.

We’ve been actively working to make as much arts programming service available as possible, from online interactive classes to our outdoor and indoor gallery exhibits to in-person summer camps. 

As we move forward through this new environment we plan to add more digital and on-site content.  Check back here and on our social media sites for up-to-the-minute updates!

Arts Council WF is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Arts Council WF

April 18th

Oh, What A Night ☮️❤️🎸 Karnevale 2021 was a blast from the past and we had so much fun celebrating the arts with our friends! This was a team effort and we are so thankful for the help of those involved in making it a success. We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who came out to support this event and our youth art programming. We have an exciting year ahead with plans for the kids in our community!Connie Joyce & Gaby Lockhart - Committee Co-ChairsAlong with the entire committee who organized and provided ideas!News Channel 6 KAUZChris Horgen & Ashley Fitzwater - EmceesMcClain Wood - Evening HostHatch Entertainment & Special Events - DJ, Lighting & SoundBistro Express Catering - Hors d'oeuvres of the EraJim Hall - Songs of the 60'sMaskat Shrine - Casino GamesSenior -Junior Forum - VolunteersTheGypsyKit - BartendingRocking M Ranch Distillery - Vodka & Bourbon for our Signature CocktailsAnd our many, many board members that contributed to the silent auction, helped set up, attended and continue to support our mission! ... See MoreSee Less
Arts Council WF is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Arts Council WF

April 16th

Sneak peek into The Forum and our Karnevale Silent Auction setup! See something you like? [And want to feel great about supporting youth art education?] You can bid online at https://bit.ly/3gep8Sm! ... See MoreSee Less
Arts Council WF is at Kemp Center for the Arts (Arts Council Wf).
Arts Council WF

April 10th

Just in time for spring, we’re creating tissue flowers today in Studio Saturday! 💐 ... See MoreSee Less
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